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CAIR Concerned About Government Seizure of 4 U.S.
Unprecedented move by government may have First Amendment
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today (WASHINGTON,
D.C., 11/12/09) – expressed concern about the government’s move to seize
mosques in New York, Maryland, California, and Texas. Officials accuse the
foundation that owns the mosques of being tied to the Iranian government.
SEE: Feds Move to Seize 4 Mosques (AP)
said the unprecedented move by the government may have First Amendment
implications for the American Muslim community.
details of the government’s case against the owners of the mosques, as a
civil rights organization we are concerned that the seizure of American
houses of worship could have a chilling effect on the religious freedom of
citizens of all faiths and may send a negative message to Muslims
worldwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He said the government’s move comes at a particularly bad time, as
American Muslims are fearful of a backlash resulting from the recent
shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas.
Hooper said CAIR will
monitor the case as it moves through the court system.
America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its
mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or